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Rekeying a Door Lock

If your home has been owned previously, you can save yourself a lot of money by re-keying your locks instead of replacing them altogether.

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Who Has a Copy of Your House Key?

Unless you are the original resident of your new home, chances are that you have at times been concerned about who might be able to access your home. Your concerns are not for naught, if you’ve wondered how many key copies exist to the previous home occupants. The truth is that it is really impossible to know who might be able to access your home with a spare key to your house. It is therefore really important that you take the steps that are necessary towards securing your home.

When moving into a previously lived in home, you have a couple of options to choose from when deciding on how to deal with your door locks. You can either choose to replace the lock completely, or you can have a certified locksmith rekey your door locks for you. Replacing locks can get very expensive considering that many houses have several doors with a number of door locks. Re-keying a lock costs just a small percentage of the cost with an assist from a professional, or even on your own.

Save Yourself Money by Rekeying Your Locks

  • To attempt a lock re-key, you will have to buy all the supplies that you need through online suppliers or at your local Home Depot, Lowes or other hardware stores in your area.
  • It is important to purchase the exact kit that you need in order to match the style and brand of locks that are installed in your house or apartment.
  • Before leaving to the store, we recommend taking a picture of your door lock from both sides. This way, you have a point of reference in case you need assistance in choosing the exact kit you require.
  • It can also be useful to keep the current keys that you have on hand, as you will need them in order to take out the cylinder from within your door’s lock.

Once you have the tools and kit that you need, you can get started.

Many people like to handle small household projects and fix it jobs on their own these days. Doing household maintenance on one’s own can help reduce some household expenses. When it comes to security related tasks, attempting to do the job on one’s own can at times end badly. If at any point during this project, you see that you are out of your depth, you can easily call upon one of our emergency locksmiths who will come right over and assist you by caring for your house lock rekeying service needs. 

To Re-Key Your Door Lock, Follow These Steps:

  1. To remove the knob, put the wire instrument into knob hole to keep the knob clip down and pull
    the knob off the door
  2. Remove the upper ring to remove the cylinder. Set the ring aside so can locate it and replace
    it later on.
  3. Remove the cylinder plug from the cylinder. Hold the plug follower together with the cylinder plug
    until it’s completely taken out so the springs and pins don’t accidentally 
    get dislodged from the cylinder.
  4. Match the pins according to the color code and insert them inside to reassemble the lock.
    The newly purchased colored pins should match to the color code that is found on the instructions that you've been given.

When rekeying your door lock on your own, you’d be wise to keep an open mind, so that if you see that the task is a bit too difficult for you to manage on your own, you can call upon an expert technician for immediate, emergency locksmith assistance. When it comes to securing your home, you can never be too safe. Oftentimes having a professional locksmith come over to complete the job can be a quick and pain free option when it comes to securing your home.

At 24/7 Locksmith Finder​, we get the job done quickly and efficiently everytime!

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